n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Not too 'Great Expectations' : considering the right to health care in prisons and its constitutional implementation

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



Recently a doctor at Pollsmoor prison was dismissed from his employment where he had been a medical doctor for 10 years, after blowing the whistle on the 'chronic situation in the delivery of health care in Pollsmoor.' He claimed that there was a healthcare crisis typified by chronic understaffing and a lack of any form of disease control. This paper seeks to take a close look at the provision of health care in South Africa's prisons.

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